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India Bar Exam update: SC petition stuck for another half year, momentum dwindling

Exclusive: The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) matter pending as a transfer petition before the Supreme Court is not likely to be taken up for another four to five months as the apex court registry awaits submissions of papers from various high courts.

The transfer petition that clubbed together six high court writ petitions challenging the bar exam was last heard in December 2010. The Supreme Court then adjourned the matter indefinitely without setting any specific date.

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave’s assisting counsel Anirudh Rajput who has been leading for an Aurangabad-based law college graduates told Legally India that the normal process of transferring the documents, such as petitions from the high court registries to the SC registry, could take six months to complete.

“The process of the transfer of papers is long and may take a couple of months more. Only thereafter the matter will be taken on Board,” said Rajput. He added that the SC registry usually takes three to four months thereafter to list the matter.

He stated that his clients, the Aurangabad-graduated students, have stopped following up on the issue while the next course of action and the strategy would depend on their level of involvement to be determined with time.

Rajput said that he would continue to press for an interim stay on the exam as the matter involves a merit-based contention related to its constitutional validity.

The second AIBE is scheduled to take place on 26 June for nearly 6,000 candidates who failed to clear the first AIBE and those who may take it for the first time.

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